National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent celebrated the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), claiming that the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress practiced the politics of Nazi chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
On June 10, Cantor was defeated in a primary election by tea party Republican candidate David Brat. Cantor is the only current Republican Jewish member of the House of Representatives (there are none in the Senate) and has been active in Holocaust education programs, including serving on the United States Holocaust Museum Council.
In a June 11 column for conspiracy website WND, Nugent -- who is also a spokesperson for the Outdoor Channel -- described Cantor as representative of “Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky smoke-and-mirrors politics”:
I say we the people have had way more than enough compromise, backpedaling, Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky smoke-and-mirrors politics for one generation, and I say it's about time we go Eric Cantor on the whole gang of deceivers and liars infesting our government right now. There's only so much decent people can take.
Nugent frequently uses Nazi imagery to attack his opponents, and previously compared Jewish film executive Harvey Weinstein to Goebbels after Weinstein criticized the NRA. During controversy over Nugent's branding of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” Nugent suggested that the Obama administration is causing a “power struggle between the different races,” in a similar manner to the events that preceded the Holocaust. He has also compared Obama to “a German in 1938 pretending to respect the Jews and then going home and putting on his brown shirt and forcing his neighbors onto a train to be burned to death,” and complained about “the jack boot Nazi motherfuckers in the Department of Justice.”